Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Air Malta sues pilots’ association ALPA for damages

Air Malta has sued the Association of Airline Pilots (ALPA) as well as its executive committee for damages incurred during an industrial action that took place last month with Air Malta claiming the actions were illegal.  Air Malta is claiming compensation from ALPA for the financial damages that resulted.  (Source: tvm.com.mt, 27-Aug-2019)

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Comlux achieves IS-BAO Stage-3 aircraft management operations

Comlux is pleased to announce that its VIP operations division in Europe Comlux Malta Ltd. has been awarded the Certificate of Registration to the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) Stage-3 by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC).  The approval confirms that the Safety Management System is fully integrated into Comlux Aviation's aircraft management operations and that the company consistently maintains the highest standards of safety and security in the aviation industry.

CEO A. Zanetto said, "We are very proud to join the select group of companies worldwide which have reached the ISBAO Stage 3, the highest-level registration issued by IBAC.  Thanks to the commitment, dedication and “safety” culture of all our employees around the world, it took us only 4 years to improve from IS-BAO Stage-1 to IS-BAO Stage-3."  He added, "This award demonstrates a superior level of safety and professionalism in our everyday operations and our engagement to always provide our VIP aircraft owners and VIP charter flyers with the best and safer service ever".  (Source: Comlux, 20-Aug-2019)

Friday, August 16, 2019

Air Malta launches twice weekly flights to Ibiza up to 10-Sep

Air Malta has launched this afternoon flights between Malta IAP and the island of Ibiza (Spain).  The first flight, operated with Airbus A319-100 (9H-AEJ), departed from Malta IAP at 1339lt (KM-582) and the return flight to Malta landed at 1743lt (KM-583).  Air Malta will be operating this service twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays, up to 10-Sep.  (16-Aug-2019)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Ryanair to launch flights from Serbia's Nis to Malta in Nov19

Irish low-cost air carrier Ryanair said today that it is introducing flights, twice weekly from Serbia's Nis to Malta in Nov19 as part of its continue Central and Eastern European expansion.  

The company said that as part of our its 2019 winter schedule, Ryanair will be operating 61 flights from Malta, and estimates that this year it will be flying some 2.9 million passengers to and from Malta.  (Source: Ryanair, 14-Aug-2019)

Lufthansa Technik Malta receives approval for Airbus A350-1000 overhauls

Lufthansa Technik Malta is now officially prepared to carry out all overhaul work on the Airbus A350-1000.  The company has received the requisite license from the German Federal Aviation Office (LBA).

The recent certification amends the approval to perform overhaul work on the baseline A350-900, which was already received in 2018.  With immediate effect, Lufthansa Technik Malta is hence also permitted to work on the stretched version of the twin-engine widebody.  The necessary overhaul lines and docks were already adapted to the new subtype at the time of the earlier approval.

Already in 2018, more than 50 employees of Lufthansa Technik Malta attained the necessary qualifications and practical knowledge to work on the A350-900.  These skills are now also being used to perform overhauls on the larger type.  A total of more than US$3 million has been invested in the preparation for overhauls of both types, with the first three customers expected until the end of this year.  (Source: avitrader.com, 14-Aug-2019)

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Air Malta adds Naples / Tarbes-Lourdes service in 3Q19

Air Malta earlier this month added service to Naples (Italy) and Tarbes-Lourdes (France), served on limited-time basis.  From 1-Aug-19 to 23-Sep-19, the airlines' Airbus A319/A320 aircraft operates this route twice a week.

Malta - Naples
KM-4628 MLA 1335 – 1500 NAP on Thursdays
KM-4628 MLA 1350 – 1515 NAP on Mondays

KM-4629 NAP 2155 – 2320 MLA on Thursdays
KM-4629 NAP 2230 – 2355 MLA on Mondays

Naples - Tarbes-Lourdes
KM-4432 NAP 1545 – 1800 LDE on Thursdays
KM-4432 NAP 1605 – 1820 LDE on Mondays

KM-4433 LDE 1850 – 2105 NAP on Thursdays
KM-4433 LDE 1925 – 2140 NAP on Mondays

Operational schedule varies on selected dates.

(Source: routesonline.com, 9-Aug-2019)

Friday, August 9, 2019

Malta IAP releases traffic results for July 2019

Summer getaways pushed traffic through Malta Int'l Airport to reach an unprecedented 798,453 passenger movements in July, translating into an increase of 5.6% over July 2018.

The terminal bustled with an average of circa 25,700 daily passenger movements, which figure surpasses the number of people inhabiting Malta's most populous town; St Paul's Bay.

Out on the airfield, activity was not lacking, with aircraft movements increasing by 4.5% to total more than 5,000 take-offs and landings throughout the month.

Seat capacity registered an increase of 5.6%. Seat load factor for the month of July stood at a healthy 87%, with this metric indicating how much of the carrying capacity of airlines operating to and from Malta IAP was used.

The U.K. (+3.9%), Italy (+1.5%), Germany (+18.2%), France (+6.8%) and Spain (+10.0%) were July’s top drivers of passenger traffic.  

The results registered by these five markets were partly spurred by an improved schedule for the summer months, which introduced several new routes including Cardiff, Exeter, Genoa, Verona, Lamezia and Perugia.

Other developments that contributed to the growth posted by these five markets include the extension of the Leipzig, Berlin and Hamburg routes into the summer months, and increased capacity on several routes such as Rome Fiumicino, Lyon, Madrid, Valencia and Bilbao.

Moreover, the airport's Cruise and Fly programme was a contributing factor to the solid performance recorded by both the U.K. and Germany.  (Source: maltairport.com, 8-Aug-2019)

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Air France's flight AF1290 to Catania diverts to Malta

An Air France Airbus A320-200 (F-GKXV, still in ex Joon livery), operating flight AF-1290 from Paris-Charles de Gaulle (France) to Catania-Fontanarossa (Sicily, Italy), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon after two missed approaches at Catania airport.

After a 1.5-hrs technical-stop at Malta IAP, the flight continued to Catania-Fontanarossa reaching destination with a delay of 2-hrs 45-mins.  (Source: flightradar24.com, 7-Aug-2019)

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

VistaJet GLEX diverts to Malta IAP for technical reason

A VistaJet Bombardier BD-700 Global 6000 (9H-VJK), operating flight VJT836 from Grosseto (Italy) to Cotonou-Cadjehoun (Benin), had to divert to Malta IAP this afternoon for technical reasons.  The aircraft was flying deep over Algeria when it turned around towards to Malta where it landed safely on RWY 31 at 1730lt.  (Source: flightradar24.com, 6-Aug-2019)

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hi Fly Malta plans to lease two A332 from DAE Capital

ACMI operator Hi Fly Malta plans to take delivery next year of two A330-200 aircraft (9H-FHA and 9H-HFB) on lease from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Capital.  Both aircraft are around 11 years old and are currently operated by Turkish Airlines.  (Source: austrianaviation.net & ch-aviation.com, 1-Aug-2019)

Friday, August 2, 2019

Air Malta's flight to Vienna returns back for technical reasons

An Air Malta Airbus A320-200 (9H-AEQ), operating cargo flight KM-512 from Malta IAP to Vienna IAP (Austria), had to return back to Malta IAP this evening as a precautionary measure due to technical reason.  

The aircraft was 25-mins into the flight, flying at 36,000-ft just north of Reggio Calabria, when it turnaround to return to Malta IAP.  The A320 landed safely on RWY 31 at 1832lt, 63-mins after departing.  (Source: Air Malta & flightradar24.com, 2-Aug-2019)